Two Friends

I picked up this circa 1915 photograph in Holland, Michigan.  Miss Charlotte Hunt and Miss Nellie Damon lived just a few doors apart on Pequot Street in New London, Connecticut. Charlotte, born on New Year's Day 1901, was about one year older than Nellie.  If we speculate that the author of the writing on the... Continue Reading →

Little Gordon is a Murderer

It was during a conversation with my aunt about family history that I heard the words, "Little Gordon is a murderer."  She was relaying a statement made by my grandfather, Wesley Henshaw, and it's these words that started my investigation into my cousin Gordon G. Henshaw and the 1959 cold case disappearance of his wife,... Continue Reading →

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Hugh Chalker was born and lived his entire life in Ferry Township, Michigan which is about 20 miles inland from the Lake Michigan shoreline. He was one of six children born to Fred and Sylvia (Bearss) Chalker. The original small cabinet photo was in quite poor condition when I picked it up in an antique... Continue Reading →

The Photographer’s Family

I purchased this carte de visite on etsy and as soon as it arrived I was flooded with emotions.  I can't quite explain the feelings I experienced but they led me to contact the seller and ask if they might have acquired any photos along with this one.  The answer was yes and I bought... Continue Reading →

The Witching Hour

Happy Halloween!  This cabinet card, along with two others decorated in the same manner, was found at Freckle Farm Antiques in La Porte, Indiana.  The young woman is identified on the reverse as 'Berta Kurtz' (sic).  I have to wonder what Bertha would think about someone adding a witch hat to her image.  I can... Continue Reading →

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